Asperger’s Syndrome & Autism, What Can be Changed & What Can Not


I have struggled with accepting my son’s disability and my powerlessness to fix him. I came to the realization that in the process of trying to change him, I myself had been transformed. I learned to evolve in how I cope and relate to my son who is now an adult. Tariq is happy most of the time and severely autistic all of the time. One of my most profound learnings was that the grief is my own not his. This keen insight has brought me serenity in my everyday life.

In this far reaching podcast, we discuss what happened to Asperger’s Syndrome and what it means to be on the autism spectrum.  Bud Clayman, host of OC87 Recovery Diaries on the Radio, was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in adulthood. Bud honestly shares his own difficulty knowing what he can and cannot change.



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About Robert Naseef

Robert Naseef, Ph.D., speaks and writes in a singular voice as a psychologist and father of an adult son with autism. His latest book, Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together (2013) by Brookes Publishing includes advance praise from autism experts, parents, and people with autism such as Temple Grandin and Stephen Shore. Learn more about Robert at

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